When a drug is given to a patient, it must be absorbed into the bloodstream and reach the appropriate site within the body in order to be effective. “Drug delivery” deals with the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination (ADME) of drugs, and with designing formulations that give the desired ADME properties. Research in drug delivery includes the development of controlled release oral dosage forms, the targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics for treating cancer, the design of transdermal patches that deliver drugs across the skin, and fundamental studies of the role of transport proteins in drug uptake and distribution. The Department of Industrial and Molecular Pharmaceutics is internationally recognized for its research in oral drug delivery, in novel nanomaterials for delivery to the lung and to solid tumors, and for the development of controlled release oral dosage forms.

  • Hyunyoung "Young" Jeong (Professor) – Pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, preclinical drug development, toxicology, gut microbiota
  • Gregory T. Knipp (Associate Professor) – Oral drug delivery, peptide transporters in the GI tract, porcine model for oral formulations, pediatric drug delivery
  • Tonglei Li (Allen Chao Chair) – Development and delivery of nanocrystal-based therapeutic and bioimaging systems
  • Sandro Matosevic (Associate Professor) – Immunotherapy, cell therapy, bio-nanotechnology, cryopreservation, controlled delivery, biopharmaceutical engineering
  • Kinam Park (Professor, Showalter Distinguished Professor of BME) – Controlled release, nano/micro particles, polymer micelles, fast dissolving tablets, hydrogels
  • Severin T. Schneebeli (Associate Professor) - Affinity reagents and polymers for the manufacturing, formulation, and controlled release of biopharmaceuticals
  • Yoon Yeo (Lillian Barboul Thomas Professor and Associate Department Head) - Particle engineering, nanoparticles, drug delivery in cancer, drug delivery to lungs